By Michael Muhammad Knight
Set in a Muslim punk-house in Buffalo, manhattan, this novel explores the dual identities of punk and Islam of their many types and levels of orthodoxy. the tale this is essentially with the characters — Umar, the straight-edge Sunni; Rabeya, the burqa-clad insurrection grrl; Jehangir, the dope-smoking mohawked Sufi (who performs rooftop calls-to-prayer on his electrical guitar) — and their collective articulation of a heresy-friendly, pluralist Islam. packed with punk references (real and invented) and sufficient Arabic words to totally deck out your skateboard, The Taqwacores is a brilliant advent to the cracks within the floor of mainstream Islam with a primarily American face.
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